Dave Chappelle Declares Himself 'Team TERF,' Defends J.K. Rowling in Netflix Special: 'Gender Is a Fact'

Dave Chappelle defended author J.K. Rowling in his ninth standup special, 'The Closer,' in which he also vowed to never make any more LGBTQ jokes again.

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Dave Chappelle

Dave Chappelle is facing more backlash from the LGBTQ community.

During his newly released standup special The Closer, the polarizing comedian expressed his support for J.K. Rowling, who was widely criticized over her anti-trans comments back in 2019. The Harry Potter author argued trans women were a threat to those who were assigned female at birth, and mistakenly conflated sex with gender. Rowling was subsequently deemed a “trans-exclusionary radical feminist,” a.k.a. a “TERF,” a term used to described a feminist who does not believe trans women are real women.

“They canceled J.K. Rowling. My God,” Chappelle said during the hour-long Netflix special, per The Daily Beast. “Effectually she said gender was a fact, the trans community got mad as (expletive), they started calling her a TERF… I’m Team TERF. I agree. I agree, man. Gender is a fact.”

The 48-year-old also claimed he doesn’t have a problem with the trans community, nor does he think “trans women aren’t women”; however, he suggested the former group would never be real women because of human anatomy.

“I am just saying that those pussies that they got, you know what I mean?” he said. “I’m not saying it’s not pussy, but it’s Beyond Pussy or Impossible Pussy. It tastes like pussy, but that’s not quite what it is, is it? That’s not blood. That’s beet juice.”

His comments, of course, were met with widespread criticism, similar to what he experienced in 2019 following the release of his Sticks & Stones special for Netflix. During the comedy standup, Chappelle called the trans community “confusing” and described their lives as a “hilarious predicament.” Chappelle acknowledged the backlash in The Closer, and vowed to stop making LGBTQ jokes “until we are both sure that we are laughing together.”

“I’m telling you, it’s done. I’m done talking about it,” he said. “All I ask of your community, with all humility: Will you please stop punching down on my people.”

The “people” Chappelle was seemingly referring to were the number of men who have been canceled over transphobic and homophobic comments, including fellow comedian Kevin Hart and rapper DaBaby. The former lost a number of gigs and brand partnerships earlier this year, after he spewed bigoted comments at Rolling Loud Miami.

“Now, you know I go hard in the paint, but even I saw that shit and was like, ‘Goddamn, DaBaby,’” Chappelle said. “He pushed the button, didn’t he? He pushed the button, punched the [LGBTQ] community right in the AIDS. Can’t do that, can’t do that. But I do believe—and I’ll make this point later—that the kid made a very egregious mistake. I will acknowledge that. But, you know, a lot of the [LGBTQ] community doesn’t know DaBaby’s history. He’s a wild guy.”

You can read reactions to Chappelle’s TERF comments below.

🗣️Trans women are women.
Trans men are men.
Non-binary people are non-binary.

CC: Dave Chappelle

— Human Rights Campaign (@HRC) October 6, 2021

dave chappelle defending dababy, jk rowling, and calling himself a TERF is just pic.twitter.com/R1PnhmJkXm

— Justin (@thicc_flair) October 5, 2021

Dave Chappelle's new Netflix special features him;

- Declaring he's"Team TERF"
- Using whataboutism to shut down the LGBTQA+ community because they'll never be as marginalized as POC
- Saying he's pro-trans and pro-feminist because he likes Caitlyn Jenner and JK Rowling.


— Inframeout (@inframeout) October 5, 2021

This latest special was a long winded attempt to explain himself without changing or seeking to understand how the things he said were harmful. How he justifies himself is that he was friends with a trans woman who told him he's not transphobic...WTH? BUT MY FRIEND IS BLACK THO?

— Mia Vaughn (@YMMVMia) October 6, 2021

Nothing Dave Chappelle says changes the facts that trans women are women, trans men are men, non-binary people are non-binary, that LGBTQ+ people should live free of harm and discrimination. He is wrong. And Netflix has empowered him to be wrong loudly.

— Dana White (@ItsDanaWhite) October 6, 2021

As a trans woman, I have usually defended Dave Chappelle’s specials because I think they’re hilarious and his jokes about trans women never felt intentionally malicious.

The Closer changed my mind on that. That special felt so lazy and disingenuous and I’m really disappointed.

— Taylor Ashbrook (テイラー) 🏳️‍⚧️ (@taylor_ashbrook) October 5, 2021

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